REVIEW: Pickmaster Plectrum Cutter

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I don’t know where my guitar picks disappear to. I’m pretty sure it’s the same place my socks and my abs went. Some days I spend at least as much time searching for plectra as I do playing guitar, and although for years I was strictly a one-pick dude (the Jim Dunlop Jazz III), I’ve trained myself to now use whatever pick I find, wherever I find it. It’s just better and more musicianly to remain adaptable than to be bound to any one type of pick.

The makers of Pickmaster must realise this quandry because they’ve created the ideal way to ensure you are never left pickless. The Pickmaster Plectrum Cutter is a very chunky and solidly built tool which lets you stamp out picks from whatever material you find around the house – old credit cards, the lid from the butter tub – you could even be super-ironic and use it to cut a guitar pick out of one of those large triangular bass picks.

I tested the Pickmaster out first on its own packaging (how very meta), then on a few cards laying around the house. The unit is reassuringly strong, and requires a bit of pressure to cut through some materials. When it does so it cuts a perfect pick shape every time, regardless of material. Some ‘victims’ might require you to smoothe out the edges a little, which can easily be performed by rubbing the sides of the pick on your tattered old Levis or even on the carpet. Then you’re good to go.

The Pickmaster Plectrum Cutter will easily stash into your guitar case or gig bag for those little emergencies, and aside from being extraordinarily practical, it’s also a lot of fun. I can see myself making little pick-shaped pasta out of lasagne sheets, or maybe pick-shaped confetti out of shiny paper for some kind of special guitar-related occasion (I’m not sure what occasion that might be yet – I’ll invent one).


27 Replies to “REVIEW: Pickmaster Plectrum Cutter”

  1. It works great once you wear off the rough edges. The instructions say they wear off after a few minutes of playing but I think it’s kinda cooler to stamp out a pick then round down the edges on your jeans. Rock and roll!

  2. Holy crap, this thing is so cool! I bet everyone who sees this must be saying “Why didn’t I think of that?” because it’s basically a hole puncher with a bigger, less round, hole. Genius!

    ~Johnny

  3. How is the quality on the pickmaster? is it plastic? does it have any chances of breaking easily..?

  4. It’s metal and it’s pretty heavy and sturdy. It feels like a serious industrial tool or something!

  5. A couple of tips I’ve found with the Pickmaster: firstly, the plastic lids of takeaway containers make a good pick material; secondly you can smooth down those pesky rough edges with the aid of a cigarette lighter. Just don’t get the flame too close!

  6. I bought one of these and within minutes I had it re-packaged to return it to the online shop where I bought it.

    It looks and feels pretty sturdy but the quality of the picks it produces are awful. Completely unusable. It doesn’t produce a clean cut round the edge of the pick, not only are the pick edges rough, they are bent round the edges.

    Maybe i have just bought a dodgy one but im not risking getting a replacement, i’ll just get a refund and spend the money on proper plectrums.

  7. The trouble is, anyone who can remember to keep this tool in their gig bag, should also be able to remember to keep an *Altoids tin full of extra freakin’ PICKS* in their gig bag too.

  8. i got one to, but with the first attempt it broke. i’m guessing the material i used was too thick or so. The picks are indeed not of a good quality. I think there are better tools for this on the market. http://www.pickpuncher.com is a website where you can buy a tool like this, it seems that this i a much steadier tool, that doesn’t breake

  9. I was stoked when i found this item as agift for my partner i couldnt wait to give it to him alas on the third chomp it busted the lever snapped :-/

  10. Guitar picks are one of the most useful guitar accessories that can help enhance sounds produced through plucking or strumming. Manufacturers of plectrums are becoming bolder and more creative in coming up with more marketable picks for guitarists and pick collectors. Being in this kind of business, we’re glad to somehow be a part of the music industry.

  11. Just gave one as a gift today – it cut 8 picks and then fell to pieces. Not sure if it is just a dodgy one, or the quality is poor. Going to try and have it replaced to see which it is.

  12. Oh that sucks! Mine has been bulletproof since the day I got it so maybe you just got a dud and can get it replaced.

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